Shawn Michaels def. Vladimir Kozlov, ending his undefeated streak and earning the right to face Undertaker at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania; The Phenom appeared
The week before had seen Shawn Michaels defeat his former employer JBL in an effort to earn the right to face Undertaker at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania. But there was another Superstar who harbored ambitions of ending The Phenom’s historic 16-0 streak at WrestleMania: SmackDown’s Vladimir Kozlov. On Raw, HBK squared off against the imposing Moscow Mauler, with the winner earning his spot on The Grandest Stage of Them All. In spite of Kozlov’s superior strength and power, Michaels persevered, putting an end to his opponent’s winning streak, and earning an opportunity to end that of Undertaker as well. But HBK’s celebrations were cut short by the sound of a bone-chilling gong that heralded the arrival of Undertaker, who made an ominous gesture toward his WrestleMania opponent. (PHOTOS X8|DISCUSS)
1. A Wrestlemania 25 moments video was aired mainly focussing on Iron Man Matches. The video focussed heavily on the 1996-1997 Match of the Year - Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart Iron Man Match wherein HBK defeats Bret for the WWE title at Wrestlemania for about 1 hour, 1 minute and 52 seconds.
2. Grisham interviews HBK backstage. Grisham says Kozlov hasn’t lost in singles competition and beat Taker last week. HBK says he knows as Kozlov about chokeslammed him through the mat. But HBK has stole the show at every WM. Tonight Kozlov’s streak is over and at WM he’ll end Taker’s.
3. WWE Rewind Commercial. HBK beat JBL last week to be able to face Kozlov so one of them can face Taker at WM. After the match Kozlov came out and they fought. A huge chokeslam to HBK from Kozlov.
4. Lots of "HBK" huge chants from the live crowd.
5. Shawn Michaels ends the undefeated streak of Vladimir Kozlov. This is the first loss of Kozlov's WWE career.
6. Its official Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 25.
7. After the match, Taker appears and stares Shawn as he stares back.
8. HBK got the biggest cheer and pop of the night from the fans.
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